Spinning or Seeing

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There is a simple principle to understand about our life experiences. If there is an experience showing up in our life, it’s there for our benefit. The nasty customer, the meeting going sideways, the crazy drivers; all of it is there to show us something about ourselves or to resolve something in our history. Moving us forward or clearing the past. Yet all too often, we artfully deflect these experiences with narratives that put blame outside of ourselves or on some aspect of ourselves we diminish. We resist and call such experiences bad. This response reinforces and perpetuates what we … Continue Reading…

Offer it All Back

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Recently, I wrote an article called Offer it Back. It’s an important insight on the spiritual journey as we shift from experiencing ourselves as a ‘me’ trying to control life to an awareness observing life unfold. Often there is some area of life were there is still entanglements, where we feel shoulds or musts that are tied to our life roles (something I explored in the Unbalanced Masculine). As our depth of being opens and we experience life supporting us, we learn to trust and let go of these control memes. This allows us to let go much more deeply … Continue Reading…

Offer it Back

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If we’re struggling in some area of life, it may be due to the cycles of time, the collective, or unfolding karma. But it’s also useful to look at how we are with circumstances. If we’re resisting or responding with depression or other heavier emotions, we may be offering a sinkhole to the energy of growth. This is not a suggestion of blame. It’s natural to feel bad when things go poorly. But soon, it’s time to move on. What are we bringing to life? What are we feeding? What is supported now? An early example for me was Maharishi … Continue Reading…

Karma vs Dharma

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There is another way of seeing the dynamics of karma and dharma. To recap, karma is action, energy. It is doing. The devata do and this creates experiences for us, the experiencers. Our experiences are then processed and digested. If we resist or grasp or otherwise get in the way of the smooth flow of action, we create residues of incomplete action. This is often what people call karma. Most people are identified with their sense of personal me. This ego-sense lays claim to doing as mine. It grasps at events to say I am, I did, I think, and … Continue Reading…

Healing Outside Time

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When you join a webinar with Dorothy Rowe, you work as a collective, structured by the group consciousness of the participants. Your role is to witness the process as best you can. The actual doing is in being, in the process of experience or devata value. Our attention activates dormant or asleep laws in consciousness itself. They’re called forth by attention and intention. They act directly to heal with the skills and intelligence needed. Resources are essentially unlimited if awareness is clear. Putting this another way, the healing capacity is always present but requires our attention and clarity to call … Continue Reading…

Wanting Something Else

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When we don’t know who we are, it’s natural to chase things outside of ourselves. The senses tell us satisfaction comes from the world around us so we follow the senses and chase experiences. But nothing they bring us ever lasts. Real satisfaction comes from stepping into the qualities of our deeper nature. We can have tastes of eternal qualities like love, peace, and happiness, but until we awaken there isn’t the stable platform for them to become ongoing. When their presence becomes ongoing, it addresses deep unmet needs, even those we may not be conscious of. This helps heal … Continue Reading…

The Right Time for Right Action

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Things happen when it’s time. Not time for you but time for the whole. Time for challenges to unfold, time for benefits, time for birth, time for awakening, time for peace. When it’s time, the circumstances and people show up to help catalyze events. We can do our best to feel into this process and cooperate. Or we can resist and fall into a drama and suffer. For example, people can search for years for the right teacher to awaken. Then they show up when it’s time. The form they arise in may vary from our expectations though. On the … Continue Reading…

Nature’s Support

I’ve worked with the concept of “nature’s support” since the 70’s and have come to perceive the mechanics. I’ve written on the topic before, but sometimes more obscurely. The subject came up on Choice and Surrender and it became clear I needed to say more. When you put your attention on something or act towards it, is this movement supported or not? Do you get smooth and easy results or obstacles? Where are results happening? In the direction intended or over to one side? Nature in this case refers to the world – the environment and others. How is what … Continue Reading…

Space and Time in Consciousness

I’ve spoken before about how space and time are both nested. The space of our universe is nested in the space of creation, for example. Our inner world may seem to be within the outer world or vice versa. And cycles of ages are nested one within the other. Space arises in the dynamics of consciousness being aware of itself. In that recognition, there is a sense of distinction between observer and observed giving rise to space and distance. The process of that experience gives rise to sequence and thus perception of time. Shaktis or intelligent flows of Divine attention … Continue Reading…

Our Choices

Over the years, I’ve explored my family tree and done DNA testing. It’s fascinating to see how a family evolves and what changes things. For example, my father was born in New Zealand and spent his early years on a cattle ranch. His father developed a health issue, and they chose to migrate back to western Canada where he had met his Australian wife. Had they not made that choice, my parents would not have met and this form would not have been created. In fact, there are innumerable choices innumerable people made over the years that each would have … Continue Reading…

Once You Know

There is a curious dynamic in being human. Once we know, we know. For example, a DNA test. They can reveal some fascinating detail about your makeup and origins. But what about the genetic markers you have for diseases such as Alzheimers? What about unknown relatives appearing that your ancestors may have hidden? There can be surprises. These are things that once you know, you cannot stop knowing. Good to know but it’s not always easy. With knowledge comes responsibility. Even in simple things like crossing the street. Children may dart out into traffic. But once they understand the rules of … Continue Reading…

True Victory

Recently, a friend sent me a quote from Swami Brahmananda Sarawati, a famous Shankaracharya from the Shankara lineage. He was the teacher of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and some other well-known teachers. I was not able to determine the source of this quote or who translated it but I have seen reliable sources who quoted him saying somewhat similar things. I thought it insightful enough to share in any case. “Real victory is that, after which there can never be a reverse. Nobody can call himself a victor forever merely by crushing an external foe, because such foes can spring up … Continue Reading…